Lake City, McBain Set to Renew Rivalry

LAKE CITY – Missaukee County’s high school football rivalry is renewed Friday as Lake City welcomes in McBain.

With both teams enter with identical records at 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Highland Conference play, Friday’s game will have conference championship and playoff implications.

“It’s always a smash-mouth game,” Lake City coach Kyle Smith said. “It can get chippy at times. But that’s rivalry.

“We’re separated by nine miles essentially and one road. It’s big for our schools. Both schools, we’re equal rivals on both sides. It’s just a county-type pride.”

“It’s small-town rivalry type deal. It’s something we’ve had forever,” added Lake City senior Ethan Chandler. “Even when I was a kid wearing a little, white jersey, I remember going and watching the rivalry game between us, so it’s going to be a good game.”

The Trojans have won four straight in the series, including a pair of playoff matchups each of the last two years, but trail the all-time series at 27-24.

“The game’s been circled for us as a game that we’re going to fuel our offseason,” McBain coach Pat Maloney said. “As a motivator for our offseason. Now’s the time. It’s now the week.”

“I was brought up as a sophomore. I’ve played them five times now, this will be my fifth time,” added McBain senior Owen Bontekoe. “It’s a pretty big game. We haven’t beat them so far, and I’d really like to win this game.”

Following Friday’s game, Lake City will turn its attention to a home game with Houghton Lake next Friday while McBain travels to conference co-leader Evart.

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